Adoption and Rehoming

What to do for a Lost Pet

Losing a pet can be a frightening and incredibly painful experience. If you have lost a pet, Toronto Humane Society has some helpful tips, advice and resources for you.

Register a lost or found pet with Helping Lost Pets.

Please Note: Helping Lost Pets is an independent organization and is in no way connected to Toronto Humane Society. By clicking the above link you are leaving Toronto Humane Society’s website. Toronto Humane Society takes no responsibility for the content or operation of the Helping Lost Pets website.

Tips and Advice

    • Look Closest to Home First
    • Set up a Temporary Outdoor Pet Comfort Station

Leave fresh food and water outside on a porch or in a sheltered area close to your home. Also set up a large cardboard box lined with an old towel or other items that smell familiar to your pet. If your lost pet should return while you are asleep or away from home, food and shelter may save it’s life. This is also an incentive for them to stay close by. Check the box and food supply regularly during quiet evening and early morning hours.

    • Look for Cats at Night

The best time to look for a lost cat is in the dark — between dusk and dawn — when streets are quiet. A lost and hiding cat will come out in the dark to look for food. Take a flashlight with you and search under parked cars, in yards and under bushes as well as in alleys.

    • Ask for Help

Call the veterinarians in your area.

    • Post “LOST” Signs

Place signs accurately describing your pet in local grocery stores, laundromats, pet stores and vet clinics, as well as neighbourhood street posts.

    • Visit Municipal Animal Shelters

Visit all local animal shelters to look for your lost pet.

    • Place Ads in Newspapers

Place an ad in the newspaper and check the “Found Pets” section daily.

The important thing to remember is that your pet needs you. They can’t tell you where they are — you are responsible for their safety and rescue. So please don’t give up after a day or two. We recommend that you keep looking for as long as two months if necessary.

Where to Call for Lost Pets

Municipal Animal Shelters in the Greater Toronto Area:

Ajax/Whitby

905.427.8737

Aurora

905.898.7122

(OSPCA contracted to do animal control)

Bradford

905.832.8505

(City of Vaughan contracted to do animal control)

Brampton

905.458.5800

King Township

905.832.8505

(City of Vaughan contracted to do animal control)

Markham/Thornhill

905.898.7122

(OSPCA contracted to do animal control)

Mississauga

905.896.5864

Newmarket

1.800.898.8606 (Toll Free)

(Georgina Animal Control contracted to do animal control)

Oakville

905.845.1551

Oshawa

905.723.3488

Pickering

905.683.7575

Richmond Hill

905.898.7122

(OSPCA contracted to do animal control)

Stouffville/Georgina

905.722.3452

Toronto Animal Services

416-338-7297

Vaughan

905.832.8505

(City of Vaughan)

Our Hours

COVID-19 Update: Toronto Humane Society is currently open for curbside support from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday through Sunday. We encourage you to visit our service webpages for updates and/or new safety protocols that have been put in place. We are currently still closed for animal viewing at this time, we apologize for any inconvenience.